Mini Policy Analysis Paper
Step 1: Pick a Policy
These website list policy options to choose from. You can also search for a CRS Report first and choose a topic that way.
- GovTrack Social Welfare Page: Browse Federal Bills related to Social Welfare, including those not yet enacted.
- PolicyArchive Global, non-partisan public policy search tool
- National Association of Social Workers: Legislative Issues Current activities of Congress on: child welfare, civil rights, economic equity, education, health, loan forgiveness, and mental health issues.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
- UW-Madison Social Issues Websites A great resources for ideas and background information for social issues
Step 2: Find a CRS Report
Filter reports by topic: Social Welfare and housing, date, and content type: report,
Step 3: Find an article from a Policy Center
Visit the websites of the centers with a focus closest to your policy
- Urban Institute: focus: improve community well being
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: focus: reduce poverty and inequality
- Institute for Research On Poverty (UW-Madison): focus: causes and consequences of poverty and inequality
- Institute for Policy Research (Northwestern U): focus: interdisciplinary research on social, family, policy, and health issues.
- Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP): A 501(c)4 organization which supports the Congressional Social Work Caucus in the US House of Representatives
- Brooking Institute: focus: economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development.
- Center for the Study of Social Policy: focus: family and children’s services; income supports, neighborhood-based services, education reform, family support, disability and health care policy, and long term care for the elderly.
- Center for Law and Social Policy: focus: global social policy, state-by-state policy data, child welfare, prisoner re-entry and other welfare policy matters.
Book Resources for History of Social Issues
- Contemporary World Issues Book Series: print books summarizing different social issues
- Current Controversies Series: ebooks summarizing different social issues